No fear, Papa Pope is here to take down the Confederate flag with one powerful monologue.
Emmy-winning actor and Scandal star Joe Morton offered some insight into what his infamous character, Papa Pope, feels about the current Confederate flag controversy on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Tuesday evening.
The actor took part in a panel discussion with comedienne Naomi Ekperigin and writer Rory Albanese, touching on topics like wealthy Californians refusing to limit their water usage, Don Lemon’s recent racial gaffe, and of course, the Confederate flag.
The flag’s symbol and meaning was brought back into the spotlight when accused Charleston gunman Dylann Roof was seen flaunting it in countless photos. Despite its racist history, many have stood by the flag.
Morton, known for delivering powerful monologues laced with shade on Scandal, provided a very Papa Pope reaction to those folks:
“You’re a Confederate; a proud Southern white boy with your Bible in your hand and you shotgun in your pickup truck. A Southern white boy with the shame of slavery running through your veins, you are a bigot. I am a black man. I have worked and scarped for every inch of dirt I’ve walked on. You cried yourself to sleep cause Lincoln hurt your feelings…..You lose the war and all you want to do is make my people pay for it. You think you love this country and what you love is the corruption of the red, white and blue, you call valor. What you love is the satisfaction it brings when people feel like it they need to give that flag some credence, like it stands for something more than hate, fighting about whether to tear it down from your state building or not. You. Are. A. Bigot and I am disappointed in the way you treat my country.”
Papa Pope isn’t the only one demanding removal of the flag. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley voiced her support to take the Confederate flag down from Statehouse grounds. Meanwhile, “The South Carolina House passed an amendment on Tuesday allowing debate on removing the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds. The vote passed 103-10,” FOX 6 reports.
Major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and Sears have also announced they would remove t-shirts and other apparel with the flag from its shelves. Ironically, Amazon data revealed sales of Confederate items like shower curtains and shoes increased 1,670 percent to 2,305 percent in 24 hours.
We’re sure Papa Pope won’t be thrilled about this.
SOURCE: Comedy Central | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty